Test results: Savage’s Impulse in 6.5 Creedmoor

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Despite this straight-pull rifle boasting a Proof Research carbon-fibre barrel, the accuracy still surprised me. To be more precise, the 11 hunting factory ammo groups averaged 0.698, while the two match ammo groups averaged just a tab tighter at 0.540. The star of the show was Winchester Deer Season, with a 0.358-inch group. When overlapped, all 13 groups—encompassing 39 shots in all—did not exceed 1.5 inches. Those are simply outstanding results. For hunting deer-sized game with the Impulse, I would opt for Winchester Deer Season 125-grain, and for larger game, Hornady Precision Hunter 143-gain ELD-X would top my list with its 0.582 accuracy.

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FACTORY AMMUNITION

BRAND BULLET ADVERTISED VELOCICTY (FPS) GROUP SIZE
Hornady Outfitter 120-grain GMX 2925 .740
Hornady Superformance 120-grain GMX 3050 .860
Hornady Precision Hunter 143-grain ELD-X 2700 .576
Federal Premium 120-grain Trophy Copper 2800 1.400
Federal Premium 130-grain Barnes TSX 2825 .676

 

Fusion 140-grain 2750 .582
Barnes VOR-TX 127-grain LRX 2825 .838
Barnes VOR-TX 120-grain TTSX BT 2910 .822
Winchester Deer Season XP 125-grain Extreme Point 2850 .358
Winchester Expedition Long Range 142-grain AccuBond 2700 .742
Sako Gamehead Pro 130-grain Tipped GameKing 2855 1.272

FACTORY MATCH

BRAND BULLET ADVERTISED VELOCICTY (FPS) GROUP SIZE
Federal Premium Gold Medal Berger 130-grain 2875 .495
Federal American Eagle 140-grain Open Tip Match 2700 .585

Note: All groups are three shots at 100 yards.

For more on the Savage Impulse, see Outdoor Canada’s Fishing Special 2024 issue.

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